Newsletter Term 2 2020

Learners today, Leaders tomorrow

Principals Report

Dear Parents and Carers

As my Deputy Principals and other staff have commented in more detail throughout this newsletter, I would simply like to acknowledge the magnificent support that my school has had from parents, carers and community members as we dealt with the COVID-19 restrictions at the end of Term 1 and beginning of Term 2. On every level it has been a very unique year, and I know that for all of you, becoming educators of your own children would not have been without its own challenges. I applaud you all for dealing so positively with the many challenges that this presented.

As we move towards implementing Stage 5 Recovery of COVID-19 , I am so grateful that we are able to have our school community in a safe and healthy position compared to other places such as Victoria. I am grateful that we have already moved to a more normal routine with our students, and that they can continue to enjoy their education in Term 3, focusing on getting back to what matters most, their learning.

I wish all families a safe, happy and healthy break and I will see all students on their return to school on WEDNESDAY 22 JULY.

Geraldine Hardy, Principal


Congratulations to Year 7 students Claire Folvig, Jacky Che, Kashish Kaidan, Jensikan Selvarajah on their selection to attend the STEM School of Excellence for Gifted and Talented Students, Perth.

Ms Annear EaLS Coordinator and Mr Foster Science HoLA and STEM Committee member

Year 9 Update

Wow! What an eventful term we have experienced.

At the end of Term 1 we were all set up for online learning. Teachers had placed their week by week programs ready up in Connect for students to access and then … due to Western Australia’s great response, we were all back at school by Week 4.

Needless to say, it hasn’t been all that plain sailing as many of our students are still feeling the effects of the uncertainty, and hopefully, once the middle school holiday break has been completed and we’re back to school for the second half of the year, things will have balanced out and we’ll be back to the new normal.

I would encourage all parents, if they are able to do so, is to get out of the city and experience the country. Do something different and enjoy the opportunity to bond with your family in the time ahead.

Lynwood has just participated in the DETECT School Survey as part of a research opportunity run by TelethonKids, and this important research will help in the longer term understanding of this new virus.

I wish everyone a safe and productive two weeks away, and look forward to seeing everyone back in the new term.

Andrew Symington, Deputy Principal Lower School

Year 9 Coordinators Report

The wonderful Year 9 cohort

It is amazing to think that we are already halfway through the 2020 school year. It certainly has been a different year so far. But through everything the Year 9 cohort have shown what an amazing year group they are. They have mostly taken things in their stride and as we head towards ‘normalcy’ in school life, I am sure they will shine even brighter in Term 3.

Unfortunately, with COVID-19, all the normal activities that I would report on did not occur. However, I did get a chance to watch our talented Soccer Academy students in action. Along with the winning results, it was great to see the school community down at Hossack Oval supporting their friends and family

This is my last newsletter as next term sees the return of Nicole Volaric to the role of Year 9 Coordinator and it has been my pleasure to cover for Miss Volaric while she was on leave.

I would like thank the Year 9 students for being themselves and the TAG teachers and Student Services team for their support over the last year. I wish everyone the best and look forward to hearing impressive things about students from this cohort in the future.

Alison Lethlean, Relieving Year 9 Coordinator


The Year 9 EaLS students participated in an incursion on 19 June run by Shelley Foster. Students learnt about the issue of E-waste and what some companies such as Total Green Recycling are already doing about it.

Students spent two periods exploring the impacts of throw away tech consumption and then got their hands dirty taking apart a Hard Drive. This activity gave students an insight into the importance of the proper recycling of these objects. In addition to the Lynwood SHS Recycling station, The City of Canning also has Recycling Hubs to recycle some of these tricky items. Recycling Hub Locations are at: The Civic and Administration Building, Canning River Eco Education Centre, Bentley, Cannington and Riverton Libraries.

A big thank you to Mr Traynor and Mrs Brooke for hosting these sessions.

I would like to congratulate all the EaLS students on settling back into school life after learning from home, I have been impressed by their determination and commitment shown during this difficult time. The Year 10 EaLS also participated in their first round of examinations which marks their first steps toward their Senior School journey, well done 10s on the hard work and preparation.

Kim Annear, EaLS Program Coordinator


Congratulations to Mrs Jessica and Mr David Siva who welcomed a baby girl, Luella Skye into the world on 19 May this year. Mr Lionel Smith replaces Mrs Siva while she is on maternity leave. Mr Smith comes to Lynwood SHS with a wealth of experience in Business and Careers, having taught in both Government and Catholic schools.

The ASX Schools Sharemarket game has generated much enthusiasm with various classes participating from 12 March to 20 May this year.

Congratulations Qais

Qais Ashar was the top student in Year 10 turning $50000 into $64371. Qais invested in a combination of Industrial and Mining stocks. He kept a close eye on stocks influenced by Covid19. Well done Qais.

The Year 10 cohort are using their Work Studies elective to help with their subject selections. They have been working through a ‘career exploration workbook’. Mr Robert Palmer from South West TAFE was a guest speaker during Week 8 and 9. Students are encouraged to look at subjects that suit their strengths and to keep their options open. The Year 10s will soon receive a copy of the Senior School ‘Information and Curriculum Handbook’ to assit them with their Year 11 and 12 course selections.

Wayne Capes, Curriculum Coordinator Business & Careers

LSHS Flag Team

Through all the strange times and changes during the first semester of 2020, one group of Lynwood students has been consistently daily serving the school. In February, the Intensive English Centre Transition One (T1) class enthusiastically adopted the role of Flag Team on behalf of our school. This meant volunteering to work with a partner and remember their rostered days and the responsibility of raising the Australian flag on our main flagpole before school, and lowering it at the end of the school day. It also gave these students, new to Australia and learning English, a genuine purposeful reason to communicate and negotiate in English with each other and with various adult staff members.

T1 students learned about the three official flags in multi-cultural Australia and the meanings behind the symbols and colours on our flags. They followed Ms Lucy’s instructions on respectful flag-handling protocols, including placement and height on the pole, and correct flag folding and storage. They also followed occasional instructions on flag displays on Australia-wide days of action from the National Flag Marshals network, a part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The students learnt about significant cultural dates and assisted Ms Lucy with flag-raising on the Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations, National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.

The T1 class members are from a variety of cultural backgrounds and from a number of countries, including Pakistan, Sudan, Thailand, South Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, and India. They reflected on their own national flags and symbolism, as well as the respectful handling of national symbols such as flags. Several students said, “We would NEVER have our flag design used on shorts or a bikini or on a beach towel, like we saw here on Australia Day!” Another said, at the end of the semester, “I’ve learnt that Australia has three special flags” and another commented, “I’ve learnt that we must show respect to every nation’s flag. If we show respect, we will get respected, too.”

The students were treated to a morning tea to thank them for their faithful daily volunteering for the school community. Thanks must also go to IEC Ethnic Education Assistants Ms Susan, Mr Adam, Mr Kaw Kaw and Ms Huda who assisted in keeping the flag flying every day while students were away from school due to COVID-19. Thanks to Mr McNamara for talking to the class in Term One about the Aboriginal flag, and the symbolism and history in his culture.

A huge thanks goes to Ms Lucy Batchelor, Education Assistant, for giving her time to lead, train and support the T1 students in their role. And finally, a warm round of applause to the T1 students for their fabulous attitudes and efforts in carrying out this important role in the LSHS community.

Home Economics

Year 9 General Foods

This term students investigated food preservation. After observing some food preservation methods eg soft cheese making, fruit drying, salt preservation, students investigated and planned to make a product. Students made a variety of products including blueberry jam, ice cream, salt pork, biltong, brined pork and yoghurt.

In the Year 7 Textiles class students first sewing projects included a lunch wrap and decorating a pocket for a calico shopping bag.

Sherren Melvin, Home Economics

COVID-19 Pampering

During Term 2 the Year 10 Body Shop class have investigated and invested in stress relief pamper packages and other homemade beauty products. Several products made included bath salts, bath bombs, soaps, fragrant candles, heat bags, body scrubs, stress balls, perfumes and scrunchies.

See FB for the Hand and Body Oil Scrub recipe


The Lynwood Café organised and catered by the Year 12 Hospitality students has moved from a takeaway service to a restaurant service observing physical distancing rules. The Café is operational on Tuesdays during lunch time for staff to experience a two course meal whilst student have the opportunity to showcase their skills in customer service, food preparation and presentation.

The Lynwood Café offers a Table d’hôte menu where some choices between courses are made to accommodate the dietary needs of customers. The provisional Café is set up just before lunch efficiently by the students where their team collaboration and interaction are a treat to observe. They have been doing an amazing job considering the time constraints. As practice can improve skills, The Lynwood Café service will continue in Term 3 to allow students to rotate roles and responsibilities to run a restaurant.

Very happy customers!

Mrs V. Karolia, Hospitality Teacher

Try A Trade

The Access 10 class has been working so hard this year and waiting patiently to participate in our first Try-a-Trade for the year. Three days of Plumbing & Painting were an insight into the enthusiasm and motivation of these sixteen students. I couldn’t be more impressed with their behaviour and to top it off, MPA Skills praised their awesome talent and excellent behaviour as well!

Amber Lucas, Access 10 Program Coordinator

Performing Arts

It has been an exciting year so far in the Performing Arts Department. Dance has been introduced into the Drama program and the talent amongst our students is absolutely fantastic. Students have had lots of fun engaging in a range of hip hop and cultural dances, stage combat, melodrama and improvisation activities. A selection of our talented students will perform their creations at the Arts Showcase in November.

The newly formed Lynwood Dance Club will also resume next term every Monday 3pm – 4pm (except public holidays) and all interested students are welcome to come along and dance their little hearts out! Please remember your signed permission form, forms are available on the schools website www.lynwood.wa.edu.au

Well done everyone!

Miss Mac, Dance and Drama Teacher

Senior School Update

What a term! What a Semester! What a year we are all having so far! Whilst it has presented many challenges there have been so many positives I would like to reflect on.

I have been truly amazed by how the students adapted to remote learning at the end of Term 1 and how adaptable and resilient they were during times of uncertainty.

I am particularly amazed by my Year 12 students who sadly due to COVID-19 restriction had their school ball cancelled. We are looking forward to the opportunity of celebrating with all Year 12 students at the Ball on 20 November. I would like to also take this opportunity to acknowledge Mrs Roberts Year 12 Coordinator, the HPE staff, the Senior School team and Mrs Ambrogio – for all of their wonderful efforts to offer students a Pre Ball in the gym. It was a such a surprise for the Year 12s, well done to the students for getting into the swing of things with the dance floor, lolly station and photo booth!

Term 2 has been very busy for senior school students with semester exams for ATAR students, Externally Set Tasks (EST) for Year 12 students and Year 10 exams. Well done to all students for the magnificent effort you have put into such a crazy busy term.

As we move into Term 3, I would like to highlight a few significant events.

Year 10

Course counselling will be in full swing next term. More information will be posted on Connect and a letter posted out to parents.

Key dates for your diary’s

  • Further parent information evenings about specific course requirements and how to select courses will be held on 28 July 5:30- 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 29 July- 7 August – Parent/ student course advising interviews with Senior School staff
  • Monday 10 August – SSO opens (Electronic Subject Selection system to choose courses)
  • Monday 17 August – SSO closes

Year 11

Hopefully the dinner dance will go forward as scheduled.

Also a shortened semester….. Year 11s you need to ensure you work hard to ensure you meet 8 C grade requirement to continue into Year 12.

Year 12s

Only 10 weeks left to complete your courses- so Year 12s, this is crunch time, you need to ensure you spend the last weeks of school giving it your very best effort to achieve your potential.

  • Last official day of school 16 October
  • Presentation Ceremony Evening 21 October
  • Year 12 Ball 20 November

To all students and parents – I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday and I will see you next term!

Ms Simms, Senior School Deputy

Important Dates

Term 3 - Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September

  • Pupil Free Days - Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 July
  • NAIDOC Week 27 - 31 July
  • Year 10 Course Selection Interviews - 29 July -7 August
  • RU OK Day - 10 September

Term 4 - Monday 12 October to Thursday 17 December

  • Pupil Free Day - Monday 12 October
  • Year 12 Breakfast and Final Assembly
  • Year 12 Presentation Evening Ceremony 21 October
  • Year 7 Immunisations - 21 & 22 October
  • Year 9 Exams - 23 & 26 October
  • Year 10 Exams 30 October & 2 November
  • WACE Exams 2 November - 6 November
  • Year 11 Exams 9 November - 13 November
  • Year 12 Ball 20 November
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